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Piped water at every rural home in 5 years: Government

Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said the Jal Jeevan Mission will be launched to cover 14 crore households.

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Jun 12, 2019, 11.07 AM IST
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Officials said the focus of the scheme will be to recharge groundwater through point recharge sources.
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NEW DELHI: With more than 80% rural households yet to get piped water supply, the government on Tuesday announced to roll out a new mission to ensure “Nal se Jal” (water from the tap) for each house in villages in the next five years as promised in BJP’s election manifesto.

After a stock-taking meeting with ministers and representatives from all states barring West Bengal, Union Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said the Jal Jeevan Mission will be launched to cover 14 crore households. The minister said in the coming years there will be a deficit of 43% between water availability and requirement.

Under the Jal Jeevan Mission, both ground and surface water will be used to meet the requirement. Union drinking water secretary Parameswaran Iyer said in villages where the quality of water available is good, piped water will be sourced and supplied at the village level. In other areas where water quality is poor, there will be a trunk water supply system for a cluster of villages and piped water will be sourced from other villages or locality. The communities such as village panchayat would manage the operation and maintenance of the facilities wherever feasible.

Iyer, who played a key role in Swachh Bharat Mission, said there will be third-party verification and funds will be released by the government. “All these details are being worked out. The focus will be on the outcome and not spending of government money,” he added.



Officials said the focus of the scheme will be to recharge groundwater through point recharge sources, basic treatment and re-use of grey-water for agriculture, de-silting minor irrigation tanks and rejuvenation of water bodies. “There will be a huge focus on the campaign for creating awareness and behaviour change for the conservation of water,” an official said.

Shekhawat said conservation of water has to become a people’s movement since the demand for water is going to grow.

Responding to questions about the preparedness for the drought-like situation in many parts of the country, the minister said states have been asked to prepare their plan and the Centre would provide maximum help.



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